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Old 12-23-2019, 10:50 PM   #16
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If I exercise, I want it to be fun, not something I hate or dread. Because of that, I do Zumba at the Y a few times a week. It's so much fun, I get a great workout, and have met some great friends that way as well. I think dietary needs and what works for people can vary so much. For me, what seems to help somewhat is watching my carbs, limiting gluten and dairy, along with intermittent fasting. My body, however, doesn't seem to respond to these kinds of changes immediately the way other people's do, but long term, it seems to be a good combo for me. It's just really slow going with the weight loss. If nothing else, at least I am maintaining my weight loss for the most part, which I count as a success.
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Old 12-24-2019, 09:44 AM   #17
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Thank you for your kind thoughts. I sometimes jog a teensy bit and will tell myself "to that mailbox" or "to that next driveway". My dog would love it if I jogged too, she gets to go faster. She loves it when I take her on a bike ride!

Rained the past 2 days. Didn't walk yesterday, got in a 10 minute walk today when the rain stopped.

I bought some Greek yogurt. I liked it. What makes Greek better for you than regular? I usually buy Stonyfield when I do buy. Used to buy plain and vanilla and mix so sweet but not as sweet.

I just don't want to end up like my mom , that has wanted to lose 20# for the past 20 years. I just want to lose 5-10, or at the last not gain anymore! I'm at the end of the normal BMI range.


Greek yogurt has tons of protein compared to regular. I usually buy plain Greek yogurt for myself but DD likes it with a little honey or strawberry jam mixed in.


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Yea, greek is higher protein. It's just a more concentrated yogurt -- it goes through an additional straining process to remove more of the liquids.
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Yes! Dance if FUN! Back in college I did line dancing weekly and took a two stepping class twice. So fun and such good exercise!

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Just fyi BMI is not intended to evaluate individuals and is not an indicator of health or predisposition to weight related illness.

Percent body fat, waist to hip ratio, VO2 max, and cardiac recovery time are good indicators. BMI is for evaluating large populations of people and nothing more.
Interesting. Never knew that!

How do I figure out the other things?
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Body weight exercises are a great place to start if you want to try resistance training. If it suits you, you can add weights. You'll improve your bone mass, your cardiac fitness, your brain health, and more lean mass increases your metabolism. My little home gym has been pieced together over 3+ years partly from yard sales, and provides more than ample weight to move.
This! Move a lot most days, and do something for strength that isnít repetitive cardio like walking or jogging. After 30 or 35, we are losing muscle. Any muscle we can maintain or even gain is a bonus for so many reasons. Strength training can also be done in circuits, which can be interval cardio conditioning as well.

Body fat calculator based on simple measurements:
https://www.calculator.net/body-fat-calculator.html It isnít the most accurate method, but you can do it easily at home and it gives an idea and is a way to evaluate progress.

If losing five pounds is your goal, you can do it. Iíve found it more helpful for myself to have goals that are smaller, even more specific, and are positive actions of things I will do. Like, eat at least ten servings of fruit and vegetables daily, or shoot for a certain number of grams of fiber. Do at least x amount of movement each day, things like that. Some times of the year or phases of life, it works better for me to plan out my workouts for the week, like now, when Iím not very motivated but do have specific strength goals. During others I do better just doing something each day that appeals.
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Something seems way off with that calculator. It says I need to *gain* twenty pounds of fat to reach ideal. I'm no where near underweight, and an extra twenty pounds would be really uncomfortable. It also says using the BMI method would put me at 30%, but it doesn't, it puts me at close to what they say is ideal for my age.

I like looking at waist to hip ratio especially because of the health implications. However unless you are very short, very tall or incredibly muscular BMI is an a helpful tool for an individual.
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Something seems way off with that calculator. It says I need to *gain* twenty pounds of fat to reach ideal. I'm no where near underweight, and an extra twenty pounds would be really uncomfortable. It also says using the BMI method would put me at 30%, but it doesn't, it puts me at close to what they say is ideal for my age.

I like looking at waist to hip ratio especially because of the health implications. However unless you are very short, very tall or incredibly muscular BMI is an a helpful tool for an individual.
Yeah, that says I'm obese and BMI 33. I am not obese, I'm not even overweight.

I really really really need to actually use the 3# weights I bought and work my arms.

ETA: The "ideal weight calculator" seems accurate. Says with my height and age my ideal BMI weight is 118-159#. I am about 154# in the morning.
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